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07-18-2008, 12:27 AM
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08/09 Schedule mileage analysis, back to backs, and more.

Now an annual tradition, here in kilometres is how much each team has to travel this year, last year, and the difference.

Big losers are San Jose, Dallas, and Calgary, with lots of other teams just behind. One of the reasons for the old 8 division games was reduced overall travel league wide, and you can really see that here. Time showed that the reduction in travel wasn't worth the loss in games vs certain opponents.

No big winners this year, unlike previous years where some teams had 10,000 or 20,000 km's knocked off their totals. Small winners are Vancouver and Edmonton, but they both are still in the top sixth most travel. It'll help them that other teams have to travel as much as they do.

I haven't counted the European swing for Ott, Pit, NYR, and Tampa. These teams get one ultra massive road trip to start out, but they get 5 and 6 days off afterwards to recover. Ultimately, they play 80 games during the same time everyone else will play 82.

TeamKM's07/08
Diff
DivConf
SJS 90182 68499
21,683
PAC W
Cgy 85966 72838
13,128
NW W
Dal 82917 67522
15,395
PAC W
Phx 82463 72421
10,042
PAC W
Van 82371 87208
-4,837
NW W
Edm 80244 82616
-2,372
NW W
Ana 77674 66361
11,313
PAC W
Col 77032 75727
1,305
NW W
LAK 73012 69677
3,335
PAC W
Fla 72189 60332
11,857
SE E
Min 70919 67750
3,169
NW W
Tam 68712 62858
5,854
SE E
CBJ 67964 67131
833
CEN W
Atl 67942 59647
8,295
SE E
Stl 66342 65550
792
CEN W
Nsh 66332 66158
174
CEN W
Det 63821 59362
4,459
CEN W
Chi 63106 63292
-186
CEN W
Car 61148 44621
16,527
SE E
Tor 53937 48726
5,211
NE E
Bos 52566 42527
10,039
NE E
NYR 52454 42927
9,527
ATL E
Mtl 52063 44559
7,504
NE E
Buf 49203 43254
5,949
NE E
Phi 47432 42521
4,911
ATL E
NJD 47234 38481
8,753
ATL E
Ott 46698 48165
-1,467
NE E
Pit 46673 41963
4,710
ATL E
Wsh 46485 40646
5,839
SE E
NYI 45235 39005
6,230
ATL E

08/09 07/08 06/07 05/06 04/05
TOTAL 1,940,316 1,752,344 1,780,683 1,761,352 1,887,712
MAX 90,182 87,208 84,679 79,020 85,272
MIN 45,235 38,481 35,685 32,677 44,447
AVG 64,677 58,411 59,356 58,712 62,924
MEDN 66,337 61,595 60,079 62,433 64,061

07/08 analysis: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=400424
06/07 analysis: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=271080
05/06 analysis: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=155108

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Next, how tough the schedules are, the number of back to back games in the season, as well as the number of times a team has to play 3 games in 4 nights (which includes one back to back, of course).

For the first time in a long time, no team has to endure 4 games in 5 nights.

Team Back to Back
Columbus 20
St. Louis 19
New Jersey 18
Philadelphia 18
Anaheim 18
Buffalo 17
NY Islanders 17
Minnesota 17
Chicago 16
Phoenix 16
Boston 16
Ottawa 16
Detroit 16
Tampa Bay 16
Edmonton 16
Atlanta 15
NY Rangers 15
Dallas 15
Los Angeles 15
Carolina 14
San Jose 14
Calgary 14
Washington 13
Pittsburgh 13
Toronto 13
Nashville 13
Montreal 13
Florida 12
Vancouver 11
Colorado 8

Team 3 in 4
Carolina 21
St. Louis 20
NY Islanders 19
Boston 19
Minnesota 19
Dallas 18
Anaheim 18
New Jersey 18
Columbus 18
Detroit 18
Ottawa 17
San Jose 17
Philadelphia 17
Nashville 17
Edmonton 17
Buffalo 16
Calgary 16
Vancouver 16
Phoenix 15
Chicago 15
Pittsburgh 14
Florida 14
Los Angeles 14
Tampa Bay 13
Montreal 13
Washington 12
NY Rangers 12
Atlanta 11
Colorado 10
Toronto 10

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Finally, what's the longest home stand for each team, and what's the longest road trip. Nothing really stands out at all, it's remarkably balanced. Maybe the NHL is finally getting their software right.

Team Longest Home
Colorado 8
Ottawa 8
Pittsburgh 8
Los Angeles 7
Montreal 7
St. Louis 7
Anaheim 6
Edmonton 6
NY Islanders 6
Boston 6
Dallas 6
Tampa Bay 6
Vancouver 6
Calgary 5
Florida 5
San Jose 5
Philadelphia 5
New Jersey 5
Washington 5
Chicago 5
Nashville 5
Minnesota 5
Carolina 4
Columbus 4
Buffalo 4
Atlanta 4
Phoenix 4
Detroit 4
Toronto 4
NY Rangers 3

Team Longest Road
Chicago 8
Ottawa 8
Calgary 7
Edmonton 7
Vancouver 7
Anaheim 6
New Jersey 6
Philadelphia 6
Los Angeles 6
Buffalo 6
Carolina 6
Nashville 6
Montreal 6
Columbus 6
NY Islanders 6
Detroit 6
Colorado 6
Minnesota 6
St. Louis 5
San Jose 5
Boston 5
Phoenix 5
Dallas 5
Washington 5
Florida 5
Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 5
NY Rangers 5
Atlanta 4
Toronto 4

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Awesome work as usual, PecaFan. It's much appreciated.

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How is it the ducks travel so much more even though they went to London last year? that sucks.

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How is it the ducks travel so much more even though they went to London last year? that sucks.
they're in the pacific, get a lot of miles going to dallas from california when most teams have a lot closer divisional opponents, pacific has the most travel followed by northwest

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How do the Canucks have 11 back to backs, but 16 three in fours...

Wouldn't every three in four have to have a back to back in it?

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Next, how tough the schedules are, the number of back to back games in the season, as well as the number of times a team has to play 3 games in 4 nights (which includes one back to back, of course).

For the first time in a long time, no team has to endure 4 games in 5 nights.
I'm confused - am I missing something here?

If all 3 games in 4 nights series include, by definition, one set of back to back games, how do teams have more 3-in-4's than b-to-b's??

i.e. I don't understand how Vancouver can have 16 sets of 3-in-4 nights when they only have 11 b-to-b pairs of games...wouldn't they need at least 16 b-to-b games for that to be possible?

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I'm confused - am I missing something here?

If all 3 games in 4 nights series include, by definition, one set of back to back games, how do teams have more 3-in-4's than b-to-b's??

i.e. I don't understand how Vancouver can have 16 sets of 3-in-4 nights when they only have 11 b-to-b pairs of games...wouldn't they need at least 16 b-to-b games for that to be possible?
Expand the window over a 6 day period....
Day 1: game
Day 2: off
Day 3: game
Day 4: game
Day 5: off
Day 6: game

1 back to back, but 2 3 in 4s.

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"But what about the Pacific and Northwest divisions?!"


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Expand the window over a 6 day period....
Day 1: game
Day 2: off
Day 3: game
Day 4: game
Day 5: off
Day 6: game

1 back to back, but 2 3 in 4s.
oh... thats kinda weird

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Expand the window over a 6 day period....
Day 1: game
Day 2: off
Day 3: game
Day 4: game
Day 5: off
Day 6: game

1 back to back, but 2 3 in 4s.
So they're not mutually exclusive sets of 3-in-4 series.

Not how I would count it, but it explains the numbers.

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Randall - he doesn't count the overseas trips because the teams get several days off to recover. That's how the mileage went up for the Ducks.

I love that three of the four teams in terms of worst travel are in the Pacific Division and that all five teams are in the top nine in terms of most miles traveled (NW teams have all five teams in the top 11 and three of the top six).

I would bet my socks that the team that has to change time zones the most (which might be harder than the sheer miles in terms of travel when you're used to 7 p.m. games) is also in the Pacific. I'm nearly positive its the only division that spans three time zones, and I am positive it has the only team that lacks a divisional rival in its time zone.

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Jesus christ we're travelling an extra 40%?

My boss isn't gonna be happy about it...

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Randall - he doesn't count the overseas trips because the teams get several days off to recover. That's how the mileage went up for the Ducks.

I love that three of the four teams in terms of worst travel are in the Pacific Division and that all five teams are in the top nine in terms of most miles traveled (NW teams have all five teams in the top 11 and three of the top six).

I would bet my socks that the team that has to change time zones the most (which might be harder than the sheer miles in terms of travel when you're used to 7 p.m. games) is also in the Pacific. I'm nearly positive its the only division that spans three time zones, and I am positive it has the only team that lacks a divisional rival in its time zone.
Pac and NW both span three time zones.

This would be solved by a 8-team western division, because it's Dallas and Minnesota - usually the teams with the worst travel and time-zone schedule - that really affect everything.

I bet if you talked to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Colorado, San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, they'd tell you they want a single division of themselves (or two small divisions), and Minnesota and Dallas would probably say the same thing.

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Wow, Vancouver doesn't get bent over nearly as bad this year

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awesome work with the stats!

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The Rangers longest home stand is 3 games?

I always thought that your longest homestand should be no less than 5 games. Really no reason for there not to be since everyone is guaranteed to have at least a road trip equal or longer than that.

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